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30th September 2020 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni at the R&I days 2020

How to develop our career in these challenging times!

The European Research and Innovation Days took place from 22-24 September 2020. For EIT Alumni Jeroen Van Lent, Vice President of the EIT Alumni Board participated in a workshop about Career Development and Entrepreneurship, with focus on developing your career path in these changing and challenging times. Other participants were Katharina Heil, President of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association, Mostafa Moonir Shawrav, Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association and Claire Morel, DG EAC and European Commission moderated the event.

One of the topics the panelists discussed were the opportunities but also challenges that digitalized world presents. One of the European Commission priorities is ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’, this calls for a need to be creative but also to find a balance between digital skills and social skills, especially in  educational environment.

Digitalisation has become very important in these current times of Covid-19, the young generation is used to take advantage of the digital world. There is a need to be creative.

Katharina Heil, President of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association.

The EIT Alumni community organises hackathons so people can get more skills. There is a need to innovate how education is teaching other skills, to push people out of their comfort zone.

Jeroen Van Lent, Vice President of the EIT Alumni Board.

Another topic was how digital changes can drive the transition to a greener economy. Followed by a discussion on the possibilities lifelong learning presents and that it is often underestimated and not well enough presented to young graduates.

Connections are key, it is important to disseminate information at European Commission and University level. There is a need to be more active on social media and sharing events/job offers/opportunities. There is a room to improve and trainings are essential.

Katharina Heil, President of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association.

There is a gap when we discuss about skills and there is not a common approach. It is necessary to identify the skills gap, see the necessary skills and provide customised solutions.

Mostafa Moonir Shawrav, Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association

The session was closed with a question and answer session between the panelists and the audience.

Did you miss the R&I days?

Watch some of the sessions here!